Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who s currently visiting the US met with top Silicon Valley chiefs in Washington yesterday. The elite roundtable included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon Founder & CEO Jeff Bezos, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Adobe Chairman Shantanu Narayen and a host of others. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting cardAlso Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android users
Modi is said to have discussed a plethora of issues from visas and job creation to foreign investments and demonetization. He urged Silicon Valley CEOs to invest more in India, and termed GST a landmark initiative that will benefit businesses. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
Speaking at the roundtable, he said: The whole world is looking at India. Growth of India presents win-win partnership for India & US both, US companies have a great opportunity to contribute to that. The implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in US business schools. ALSO READ: Google CEO Sundar Pichai launches Digital Unlocked initiative for startups, SMEs in India
The CEOs seemed rather upbeat after their meeting with the Indian Prime Minister. Amazon s Jeff Bezos tweeted after the meeting.
It is worth noting that Amazon has invested over $4 billion in India since 2013 and is currently among the top two e-commerce players in the country.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was also present at the CEO meeting with Modi. According to sources familiar with the meeting, Cook informed Modi that India now has 740,000 app economy jobs attributable to iOS. Also, the company launched its first App Accelerator in Bangalore to inspire a new generation of app developers. Indian app developers have created almost 100,000 apps for the App Store, registering a growth of 57 percent since last year.
Apple has now started manufacturing the iPhone SE in India, one of its fastest-growing markets globally, thus furthering PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Apple s commitment to the developer community through the opening of the App Accelerator is a tremendous investment in the future of India s digital economy, NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar had said in an earlier statement. ALSO READ: Apple earnings: Tim Cook reports double digit growth in India even as global iPhone sales flatten
Google s Sundar Pichai too was pleased with his interaction with Modi. Pichai, who during his visit to India in January had stressed upon the country s importance, told ANI News: It [the conference] was a discussion across many industries and I think the Prime Minister was looking for insights into how India can attract more foreign investment. Pichai also said that he was looking forward to the rollout of GST.
Google had earlier in the year announced its Digital Unlocked initiative that would get India’s 51 million small-and-medium businesses (SMBs) online. The tech giant has also partnered with the Federation of India for Commerce Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad for training enthusiasts and certifying their progress.
During the roundtable, Modi highlighted the fact that his government had taken over 7,000 big and small steps to improve the ease of doing business for foreign companies. The Prime Minister is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump at the White House this evening.